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The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Australia

Australian Shiraz (made from the grape called “Syrah” in other parts of the world) shows the essence of the outback: it’s big, bold, and a little rough around the edges. The vast country leaves lots of room for variation, however, with its many terroirs each yielding distinctively styled wines. The climate of South Australia’s McLaren Vale district is heavily influenced by the ocean; wines here typically show savory notes of olive and spice on the nose and deep berry flavors on the palate. Clare Valley and Barossa wines, on the other hand, are generally bigger and often reveal notes of black pepper and lush, jammy fruit.
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